Viral infection very common name, its epidemic comes after every few years. Protection and treatment from the fast spreading viral infections around the world has become a major challenge for today’s medical scientists. Is the Indian medical system of medicine 5000 years ancient Ayurveda qualified as a mentor in the treatment or management of viral infections?

In Ayurveda, several drugs and their combinations have already been described thousands of years ago to neutralize the effects of viruses, ie the antiviral herbs. Hello, I am Dr. Gupta presenting to you for some major Ayurvedic medicines based on my clinical practice and patient acceptance with minimum side effects from which I got effective antiviral results.

1. Chhoti Dudhi

Botanical Name: Euphorbia Hirta

दुग्धिका (दुद्धी) । तस्या नामानि गुणा शाह

दुग्धिका स्वादुपर्णी स्यात्क्षीरा विक्षीरिणी तथा । दुग्धिकोष्णा गुरू रूक्षा वातला गर्भकारिण॥

स्वादुक्षीरा कटुस्तिक्ता सृष्टमूत्रा मलापहा । स्वादुर्विष्टम्भिनी वृष्या कफकुष्ठक्रिमिप्रणुत् ॥

विशेष-क्षीरिणी एवं दुग्धिका ये नाम दुग्धयुक्त या दुग्धहीन एवं मधुर तथा तिक्त रूभी के पौधों के लिये प्रयुक्त हैं दुग्धयुक्त मधुर रस वाले द्रव्य हैं : क्षीर विदारी, क्षीर काकोली, म एवं खिरनी (फल)। दुग्धयुक्त किन्तु तिक्त रस द्रव्य निम्न हैं : स्वर्णक्षीरी, कुटज एवं सभी यूफोबिईआ।

In common language it is also called Dudhika. This ayurvedic herb is available in almost all the provinces of India. This herb is also described in Maharishi Charak period. It is also mentioned in the 16th century Bhavprakash Nighantu. Now I am going to give you 3 properties of Chhoti Dudhi.

1. The first and the most important property suited to today’s environment is that the use of Choti Dudhi has been used by our Vaidya’s in chronic respiratory illness like asthma, bronchitis, COPD or any lung related diseases and has achieved the ultimate benefits in many patients.

2- Now I am going to tell you the 2nd quality of Chhoti Dudhi, it is a very good immunomodulator that is rasayana according to Ayurveda. Rasayanas increase the immunity of body cells and indirectly you can say that it creates antibodies to fight against various viruses or parasites ultimately which eats virus.

3- The third quality which is even more prominent is that Chhoti Dudhi prevents the replication of Virus, so antiviral.

Uses and Doses: According to the consultation of your Ayurvedic doctor, you can take 10-20ml Chhoti Dudhi Swaras Empty Stomach.

2. Shirish

Botanical Name: Albizzia Lebbeck

शिरीषः (सिरसा)।

तस्य नामानि गुणा शाह शिरीषो भण्डिलो भण्डी भण्डीरश्च कपीतनः । शुकपुष्पः शुकतरुर्मृदुपुष्पः शुकप्रियः ॥

शिरीषो मधुरोऽनुष्णस्तिक्तश्च तुवरो लघुः । दोषशोथविसर्पघ्नः कासव्रणविषापहः ॥

सिरस के संस्कृत नाम-शिरीष, भण्डिल, भण्डी, भण्डीर, कपीतन, शुकपुष्प, शुकतर, मृदु पुष्प और शुकप्रिय ये सब सिरसा-मधुर, तिक्त तथा कषाय रसयुक्त, किञ्चित् उष्ण, लघु एवं-वातादिक दोष, शोथ, विसर्प, कास (खाँसी), व्रण तथा विष को दूर करने वाला है।

It is also called Serus in common language. Shirish is found in almost all the provinces of India. There are 3 ways to identify it – the gum keeps coming out of its tree like acacia gum, its leaves are like tamarind leaves and the flowers are very tender and wipe by touching, which is its biggest have an identity.

Now we discuss on its Antiviral properties.

1. The first and special property of Shirish is its antitoxin properties. Meaning, this herb was also used as an antidote to neutralize any poison i.e. in poisoning patients, even in Charak, Sushruta and Vagbhat period.
2. Again Chronic cough, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis, flu and viral infection. I also use Shirish predominantly today environment of covid-19 infection.
3. It is a good immunomodulator.
4. Shirish has anti tubercular as well as antiviral properties.

Uses and Doses: You can take 20 to 30ml Swaras of seed leaves and flowers of Shirish on an empty stomach in the morning and evening according to the consultation of your Ayurvedic doctor.

3. Kalmegh (Nilavembu)

Botanical Name: Andrographics Paniculata

In Vedakala references are not available, but in Samhitha kala references are told in the context of grahani dosha chikitsa adhyaya of Charaka, kushta chikitsa of Sushrutha, prameha chikitsa of Astanga hrudaya. In Nighantukala reference are available in the Adarsha nighantu & Priya nighantu.

The plant Andrographispaniculata is a drug identified as a source plant of Bhunimba often referred as Kalamegha or Yavatikta mentioned in Ayurvedic literature. Kalmegha is indicated in Kushta, Kandu, Shopha, Yakratroga, Krimi, Kushta, Jwara. This drug having chemical constituents like Andrographolide, 14 – deoxy – 11, 12 – di dehydroandro-grapholide etc., in it.

Kalmegh is very famous as an antiviral in the southern part of India, especially in Tamil by the name Nilavambu. Generally you will easily find Kalmegh in plain area and waste lands all over India. Kalmegh is very bitter in taste hence it has been given the noun in Ayurveda by the name of King Of Bitter.

Talk about its properties

1. It has Antiviral properties
2. A good Immunomodulator.
3. It is Antidiabetic, yes lowers the sugar level.
4. Antipyretic, Anti-inflammatory Anti-filarial activities.
5. Hepatoprotective, Antiulcer.

Uses and Doses: 10 to 20ml Swaras of Kalmegh can be taken according to Ayurvedic medicine.

By the end, you have a curiosity in your mind as to which antiviral drug is ranked number one in Ayurveda. This drug is very popular, its name is

4. Bhoomi Amalaki

Botanical Name: Phyllanthus Niruri

भूम्यामलकी (मुआमला) ।

तस्या नाम गुनाह भूम्यामलकिका प्रोक्ता शिवा तामलकीति च । बहुपत्रा बहुपत्रा बहुफला बहुवीर्याऽजटाऽपि च ॥ भूधात्री वातकृत्तिक्ता कषाया मधुरा हिमा । पिपासाकासपित्तास्त्रकफकण्डूक्षतापहा ॥

भुई आमला के नाम तथा गुण-भूम्यामलकिका, शिवा, तामलकी, बहुपत्रा, बहुफला, बहुवीर्या, अजटा और भूधात्री ये सब नाम भुई आमला के हैं। भुंई आमला-तिक्त, कषाय एवं मधुर रस युक्त, वातकारक, शीतवीर्य एवं तृषा, खाँसी, पित्त, रक्त, कफ, खुजली और क्षत को दूर करने वाली है।

The Phyllanthus Niruri is just like Phyllanthus Emblica but it has 2 to 3 feet height of plants on the land. It is found most often in all the provinces of India after the rainy season and is available at altitudes up to 1000 feet on the mountains. Bitter named phyllanthus fluid is found in its leaves. Vaidya’s have been using it from thousands of year ago, since at the time of Charak. It’s also known as gale of the wind or stonebreaker. Its leaves and fruit are used as herbal medicine. Phyllanthus niruri is known for protecting the liver. It may also combat kidney stones, hence the “stonebreaker” moniker.

Analyzing its properties,

1. It is virucidal yes, in antiviral herbs, Bhoomi Amalki is at ranked one. It is very effective in Hepatitis A B C D E and all types of liver spleen related diseases. Its efficacy against any kind of viral infection is also proved.
2. It is Immunomodulator means Rasayana.
3. Bhumi Amalki is very effective in all kidney related diseases as well as in Gout (high uric acid level).

Uses and Doses: You can consume 15-20ml Swaras of Bhoomi Amalki in the morning and evening according to physician advice.

Friends, I have asked you to take all these medicines in swaras form, you know why, because the swaras of any herb can only be extracted in a pure fresh green state, so the swaras has the best properties of herbs and can cure diseases very quickly.

In this difficult time of corona virus pandemic, friends, from time to time, I will introduce you to some common medicines which are easily available, you can take to boost-up your immunity.

Dr. Sahil Gupta